charity shop finds | 5

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back with some more charity shop finds!

money has been tighter than ever, so, though I’ve never been over the top with spending, I have definitely been even more considered with my purchases in the past few months. I very, very rarely buy on impulse anyway, and always try to consider whether what I buy will be useful (therefore, something I will actually use), needed, or something I’ve been looking for for a while. sometimes I will be searching for years – not continuously, mind you – for certain items of clothing or objects.
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how to draw type and influence people | book review

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how to draw type and influence people | book review

how to draw type and influence people* – £12.99

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if you just quickly glanced at the cover of this book, you’d probably think this was a book on type and lettering basics. in fact, if you look a little closer (or, look inside) you’ll see it’s actually an activity book. jam packed at that!

as i mentioned in my post about book covers, type (and lettering) is an important aspect in book covers, but unless you’re interested you might not realise how much of it is in your daily life, from packaging, tv and film graphics, posters and much, much more.
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coeliac disease – let’s talk about it!

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coeliac disease – let’s talk about it

i was diagnosed with coeliac disease about 6 years ago, but it goes back a bit further than that, and i’ve been wanting to write about this and my experience and diagnosis for such a long time now. it’s coeliac awareness week this week, so what better time eh? there might be a bit of graphic imagery (in word form) so be aware of that. also, i will warn you that this post is going to be long, and i may go off on tangents.

let’s start at the beginning. it’s vague to me but surely part of the story.

i remember as a young girl not being allowed to eat wheat. i don’t know the what’s and when’s and whatnot. i don’t know if i’d had some reaction or if it was something a doctor suggested or something else. i can’t even remember how long this lasted. i do have one distinct memory of having to eat ryvita instead of bread and being utterly disappointed. though the latter part of my childhood and teens though i seemed to be ‘fine’ with all things wheat (and gluten too i guess).

but late in 2010 i started getting really ill. i had put it down to the stress of moving a few months prior and starting uni, as well as a few other things. but i got constantly more and more fatigued and my stomach always felt bad in one way or another. then, in december i basically spent a whole month on the loo. it was horrible, incredibly stressful and depressing, and so confusing. i remember crying my eyes out on multiple occasions because i was so scared and didn’t know what was wrong with me.
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